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Microsoft unveils top Bing searches for 2013
Thu, 5th Dec 2013
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Based on the aggregation of millions of search queries, Microsoft has unveiled the top search trends in 2013.

Beyoncé continues her reign as the queen of pop, and of the search engines, becoming the most-searched person on Bing in 2013.

The singer bumped Kim Kardashian off of the top spot this year, who came in as the second most searched person of the year.

Women ruled 2013, the top five most searched people of the year were all women, and only two men made it into the top ten - Justin Bieber (6th) and Barack Obama (10th)

Top 10 comparison for 2012 and 2013:

1 Beyoncé Knowles

2 Kim Kardashian

3 Rihanna

4 Taylor Swift

5 Madonna

6 Justin Bieber

7 Nicki Minaj

8 Amanda Bynes

9 Miley Cyrus

10 Barack Obama

Taylor Swift had a busy year in the public eye, which is evidenced by her jump from #10 in 2012 to #4 this year.

There are four newcomers to the top 10 this year, with Amanda Bynes coming in at #8, followed by and Madonna at #5 along with President Barack Obama at #10.

Falling out of the top 10 this year are Selena Gomez, Jennifer Anniston, Lindsay Lohan and Katy Perry.

The birth of the royal baby ensured Kate Middleton’s spot in the top 25, coming in at #22, but searchers seemed much less interested in her husband, as Prince William came in at #45.

Most Searched Sports Stars

When it comes to the sports world, sometimes a little controversy goes further than actual on field excellence, as Tim Tebow was the most searched athlete for 2013, moving up from #3 in 2012 to take over the top spot.

Last year’s king Peyton Manning dropped quite a bit after a successful comeback season, coming in at #18 in 2013.

No stranger to controversy himself, Tiger Woods and his quest to win another major came in as the 3rd most searched athlete for the year, down a spot from last year.

There are new queens in town for 2013, as Lindsey Vonn and Danica Patrick took over the reins from two-time winner Maria Sharapova as the most searched female athlete. Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn raced to the top as the 2nd most searched athlete and #1 female athlete. Sharapova came in as #3 for females and 10th overall.

Lebron James proved to be “King” of the hardwood finishing as the most searched NBA player, although Louisville star Kevin Ware finished ahead of James following his horrific injury during the NCAA tournament.

In baseball, Derek Jeter was the top searched player on the diamond for the third straight year, coming in at 9th overall.

The Miami Heat were the most searched NBA team, while the New York Yankees topped the baseball world.

1 Tim Tebow

2 Lindsey Vonn

3 Tiger Woods

4 Kevin Ware

5 Ray Lewis

6 Lebron James

7 Danica Patrick

8 Dwight Howard

9 Derek Jeter

10 Maria Sharapova

Most Searched Musician

When it comes to music, most searched person of the year, Beyoncé is queen as the most searched musician of 2013.

Runner up for most searched musician of 2013, is power vocalist Rihanna coming in as #2, followed by America’s country sweetheart Taylor Swift at #3.

Though dethroned from his number one spot in 2012, Bieber fever continues to burn allowing him to come in as the fifth most searched musician of 2013.

From her VMA performance, new album, and constant relationship drama, Miley Cyrus drove searches throughout the year, propelling her to the #7 spot.

1 Beyoncé

2 Rihanna

3 Taylor Swift

4 Madonna

5 Justin Bieber

6 Nicki Minaj

7 Miley Cyrus

8 Britney Spears

9 Katy Perry

10 Selena Gomez

Most Searched Social Media Sites

What’s on our mind, Facebook? Oh, just that our friends still “like” you the most. Facebook came in as the most searched social media platform for the second year in a row.

Pinterest is not only a new comer to the top ten list of social media, it rocketed to the number two spot! From wedding ideas, to recipes and more, people couldn’t seem to get enough of Pinterest in 2013.

1 Facebook

2 Pinterest

3 Twitter

4 LinkedIn

5 Instagram

6 tumblr

7 Reddit

8 Vimeo

9 Vine

10 Google+

Most Searched Entertainment Electronics

With the upcoming launch of Xbox One, Xbox came in as the most searched entertainment electronic over iPhone #2 and Android #3.

1 Xbox

2 iPhone

3 Android

4 iPad

5 Windows Phone

6 Surface

7 Playstation

8 Nintendo

9 Blackberry

10 Kindle Fire

Most Searched Apps

It’s all fun and games when it comes to the top apps of the year, Candy Crush stole the #1 spot in top apps, beating out Angry Birds #2 and Bad Piggies #3.

1 Candy Crush

2 Angry Birds

3 Bad Piggies

Most Searched TV Show

The Bing Bang Theory made a splash in 2013, knocking off American Idol for the place of #1 searched television show.

American Idol came in at the #2 spot, while Dancing with the Stars dropped to #6 after being #2 in 2012.

A staple of the morning show lineup, The Today Show made it to the top ten list this year, coming in as the #7 most searched television show.

The British drama Downtown Abbey may take place in the early 1900’s, but people can’t get enough of it in 2013, making it the #4 most searched television show.

1 Big Bang Theory

2 American Idol

3 The Walking Dead

4 Downtown Abbey

5 Game of Thrones

6 Dancing with the Stars

7 The Today Show

8 Big Brother

9 The Bachelor/Bachelorette

10 Honey Boo Boo

Most Searched Movies

Anticipation and buzz around the final installment in the Iron Man trilogy propelled Iron Man III to the number one spot in 2013.

Two classics, The Great Gatsby and Oz: The Great and Powerful, both made the top ten list coming in at #7 and #8 respectfully.

Comic books turned movies continue to drive searches, making super hero movies Iron Man, The Wolverine, and Man of Steel all in the top ten.

There’s no slowing down the Fast and Furious series- the 6th Fast and Furious was the #2 most searched movie of the year.

1 Iron Man 3

2 Fast and Furious 6

3 Despicable Me 2

4 The Conjuring

5 The Wolverine

6 2 Guns

7 The Great Gatsby

8 Oz: The Great and Powerful

9 Snitch

10 Man of Steel

Most Searched Food

Pizza Hut took home top honors for the second year in a row, followed by Dominos and Papa Johns in the battle for America’s favorite Pizza.

Burger King proved to be king amount its competitors, receiving more searches than McDonalds and Wendy’s.

1 Pizza Hut

2 Domino’s

3 Papa John’s

4 Subway

5 Burger King

6 McDonald’s

7 Wendy’s

8 Taco Bell

9 Panera Bread

10 Sonic

Most Searched Destination

Stealing the spotlight from mainland American, Hawaii captured the top spot this year as the most searched destination in the world.

London ruled the pack among European destinations, holding on to its #1 spot for the second year in a row.The top searched destination in other regions of the world include:

1 Hawaii

2 Bahamas

3 London

4 Istanbul

5 Puerto Rico

6 Costa Rica

7 Rome

8 Jamaica

9 Seychelles

10 Bali

Most Searched News Stories

Excitement and anticipation around the birth of the royal baby took the world by storm this summer, making this the most searched news story on Bing in 2013.

The world was shocked by the Boston Marathon Bombing in April, making it the second most searched news story of the year.

The case of the Cleveland Kidnapper, along with the George Zimmerman trial captivated Americans this summer, making them the #4 and #5 most searched stories of the year.

American politics continued to drive searches this year, with the Fiscal Cliff, the Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling, the IRS Scandal along with the legalization of Marijuana all coming in in the top 25.

1 Royal Baby Born

2 Boston Marathon Bombing

3 Cleveland Kidnapping

4 George Zimmerman Trial

5 Gun Rights

6 Tesla

7 Syria

8 Anthony Weiner

9 Oil Prices

10 Fiscal Cliff